Preface: there are major goosebumps imprinted all over this post.
Saturday, we had the privilege of joining Jennifer Hudson and Gucci at the GRAMMY Museum for a private event to celebrate the launch of the Music Preservation Program and the new I-Gucci GRAMMY Museum watch. While the performance itself left us tear-filled and touched (she did duets with the audience!), the Inside The Actors Studio-style interview with the crooner, filled with much talk of Whitney Houston and her influence on the Dreamgirls star, was so eerie and devastating, considering the fact that news of Houston's tragic death would break just hours later.
In fact, Hudson talked nonstop about how Houston was her sole inspiration, admitting that when she was a child, she'd sit in front of the TV, singing imaginary duets with Whitney (Didn't we all? Although, we suspect Hudson's versions probably sounded a lot better than our own!). She also called out the fact that one of the proudest moments in her life was when Whitney handed her her very first Grammy. “I admire her style, her look, and above all else, her voice and technique,” Hudson said.
I think we're all in a serious state of depression over the loss of the 48-year-old "every woman," but to someone like Jennifer, we can't imagine what it would have been like to get the call for a request for an emergency fill in for her ultimate idol, especially after "singing" her praises all morning long. Although, we can't imagine a more fitting tribute than Hudson's chilling rendition of "I Will Always Love You" from last night.
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